Dell’s Column: Jan 2, 2018

Happy New Years!

As we enter 2018, the leagues get into full swing. With a few Saturday games, mixed in, we will pretty much be on the Tuesday/Friday schedule. LLhoops will try to post up the next weeks schedule on Sunday. With weather issues, we’ll try to update as soon as we find out cancelations and make-ups.

The week ahead..
Section 2 and 3…have 2 games on Tuesday. Andy is heading to MCentral to check out Cocalico and Manhiem Central (both a bit surprising at this point in the season).

Wed.: features LS @ LMHS in a NON-league game.

Friday is a full slate of LL games. Highlight games include : Hempfield @ Crest, M< Central at LS, and Northern Lebanon @ Lancaster Cath.

Saturday= games galore. Check out the schedules for times. Basically, the Battle of the Roses (Games at M. Central and W. York) involves LL teams vs. York County teams. Lebanon Valley host 3 of the LL teams (AC, Crest, and Lebanon) on Saturday as well.

Holiday Tournaments…past tense

Andy and I saw a bunch of games this past week. Andy wrote wraps (Andys Take) on all the games he saw. I (Dell’s column) took some pictures and re-capped some of the games on the podcasts part of

Double winners this weekend: Crest, Columbia, Ephrata, Hempfield, LMHS, Penn Manor, Lancaster Cath. and CV.









Thoughts on LL teams so far…

Section 1…
Hempfield is rolling. The team is like a big old snake (anaconda ?) in that they seem to slowly but surely take the air out of you. The exception being the fast pace win vs. TWP on Dec 20th (67-36)

Crest and TWP are tied for 2nd and both teams looking for more consistency in order to challenge Hempfield.

McCaskey is sitting one game out of the playoff race at this point.

CV is making a charge as they have won 3 in a row.

With Lebanon and Penn Manor having good showings this past week, there should be some hotly contested games in the near future for Section 1.

Section 2…
Who’s in first? Well, that would be Manhiem Central at 2-0 🙂 Most of the Section teams have 4 games at this point. MC had one re-schedule (Solanco) and are playing Jan 2 vs Cocalico. The Barons are led by Connor Hostettler (6’2″ sn 21ppg)

All of the teams in this section have something to offer. LS is 3-1 (lone loss to Etown) and Cocalico is lurking at 2-1 as well.

There will be interesting games in this section for the rest of the year. It looks to be the most balanced Section in the LL.

Section 3..
Who’s in first? Well that would be the Northern Lebanon Vikings (4-0) ..and Lancaster Cath (4-0)..and LMHS (3-0). We got some input on the Vikes earlier in the year when posting players to watch. NL features one of the best scoring tantum guards in the LL (Alex Yeager, 5’11” sn 17 ppg and Caleb Light 5’11” sn 16 ppg)

Lancaster Cath. does what it does: play great def and scores when and by whom the opportunities present itself. RJ Van Tash (6’2” sn), David Kamwanga (6’6” soph) and Johnny Besecker (5’11” jn) are all in low double figures.

Lancaster Mennonite is led by all everything John Gillespie (6’1” sn, 14 ppg)…

Rank me!
Jerry Shenk shares his expertise with LLhoops this season as he produces his LLhoops District 3 rankings. All teams are included regardless of classification. The LL has 4 teams in this weeks top 15 : Hempfield, LS, Crest, and Lancaster Catholic.

Mike Bullock covers the entire PIAA. Check it out here.

PIAA District 3 has their power points updated as well.

LL trivia
Last weeks
LL trivia: McCaskey has the most wins (785) since the LL started in 1972. Can you name the next TWO programs with the most W’s?

That answer would be Hempfield (732) and Lanc Cath. (706) coming into this season.

Zero, none, nada folks got that right.

Seems we need to give prizes out? : )..perhaps LLhoops lanyards? Twitter polls? A, B, C questions 🙂 ?

Trivia #3… tied to the New Year 🙂
Which boys’ team has the most LL championships in the 2010 decade?

Tweet(s) of the week
From Betty Crespo “The coolest thing about this extreme cold weather, is this snowflake stuck on our screen.”

From Falcon Nation 2018 “Shout out to @LLhoops for the sick key chains!!! He knows who is the best student section in the LL! #FalconNation #BirdGang

Motivation quote of the week
From @sportsmotto
“Don’t worry about being cool. Worry about being the best. – Jeff Van Gundy”

Shout out to all followers, coaches, players, and advertisers (Horace Mann –Scott Lucas, Nationwide – Steve Lewis, John Lichty CPA, H & L Sports, PJ Whelihan’s, Liberty Belle Drones, Iron Valley Tubing, Kirk Neidermyer Photography). Please thank our advertisers when you use their services…and feel free to contact us if you want to help the cause 🙂


Enjoy the week!
~Dell Jackson




Scores/Schedule Dec 27-30: In progress

Tentative schedule for the holidays. Check newspapers for starting times.


Dec. 30th

Donegal 57 E Penn 55 @ East Penn Tourn.
Cedar Cliff vs Greencastle A  @ East Penn Tourn.

Lebanon Catholic  60 Linville Hill  55 @ Mount Calvary Tourn.


Dec. 29th

Faith Christian (WV) 60 Lebanon Catholic 55 @ Mount Calvary Tourn.

Camp Hill 61 York Country Day 59 @ Crest Tourny
Cedar Crest 50 Lebanon 38 @ Crest Tourny

Garden Spot 64 Warwick 59 @ Warwick Tourn.
Lancaster Catholic 57 Conrad Weiser 38. @ Warwick Tourn.

West York 54 Central Dauphin 49 @ Etown tourn.
McDevitt 50 Etown 42 @ Etown tourn.

G-A 63 Donegal 45 @ East Penn Tourn.
Cedar Cliff 65 E Pennsboro 57 @ East Penn Tourn.



Dec. 27th

PV 36 Upper Perk   73 @ Fleetwood Tourn.
Brandywine Heights 52 Fleetwood  77 @ Fleetwood Tourn.

CV 49 Exeter 45 @  Wyomissing Tourn.
Muhlenberg 72 Wyomissing 47 @  Wyomissing Tourn.

Wilson 50 Central York 42 @ Hempfield Tourn.
 Hempfield 73 West Philadelphia 37 @ Hempfield Tourn.

John Bartram 67 McCaskey 59 @ McCaskey Tourn.
York 42 Oxen Hill (DC school)  57 @ McCaskey Tourn.

Penn Manor 55  Schuykill Valley  43 @ N. Leb. Tourn.
N. Lebanon 66 D Boone 55 @ NL Tourn.

Lanc. Mennonite 54 Twin Valley  48 @ Mechanicsburg Tourn.
Boiling Springs 51 Mechanicsburg 49 @ Mechanicsburg Tourn.

Palmyra 52 ELCO  57@ Ephrata Tourn.
Olley Valley 36  Ephrata  60 Ephrata Tourn.

LS 69 Northern 53 @ Middletown Tourn.
Sus-nock vs Middletown W@ Middletown Tourn.

Solanco 55 Gettysburg 54 @ Gettysburg Tourn.
Chambersburg W S. Western @ Gettysburg Tourn.

Tulpy 52 Columbia  77 @ Columbia Tourn.
K-Dale 59 Hanover 47 @ Columbia Tourn.

Dec. 28th
PV 52 Brandywine Heights 57 @ Fleetwood Tourn.
Upper Perk vs Fleetwood 7:30 @ Fleetwood Tourn.

West Philadelphia vs. Central York W @ Hempfield Tourn.
Hempfield 57 Wilson 31 @ Hempfield Tourn.

Wyomissing 49 vs Exeter 50 @ Wyomissing Tourn.
Muhlenberg 52 CV  58 @ Wyomissing Tourn.

York 79 vs McCaskey 62 @ McCaskey Tourn.
John Bartram 51vs Oxen Hill 52 (3 OTs) (DC school) @ McCaskey Tourn.

D Boone 51 vs Schuykill Valley 49 @ N. Leb. Tourn.
Penn Manor 54 vs N. Lebanon 51 @ NL Tourn.

Mechanicsburg 58 vs Twin Valley 51 @ Mechanicsburg Tourn.
Lanc. Mennonite 68 vs Boiling Springs 62 @ Mechanicsburg Tourn.

Palmyra 67 vs  Olley Valley 28 @ Ephrata Tourn.
ELCO 36 vs Ephrata 57 @ Ephrata Tourn.

Sus-nock vs Northern @ Middletown Tourn.
LS 75 vs Middletown 51 @ Middletown Tourn.

S. Western vs Gettysburg @ Gettysburg Tourn.
Chambersburg 67 vs Solanco 37 @ Gettysburg Tourn.

Hanover 67 Tulpy 61 @ Columbia Tourn.
K-Dale 45 vs Columbia 53 @ Columbia Tourn.

Faith Christian (West Virginia) vs Lebanon Catholic 5:30 @ Mount Calvary Tourn.
Mount Calvary vs Linville Hill 7:00 @ Mount Calvary Tourn.

Camp Hill 49 vs Cedar Crest 70 @ Crest Tourny
Lebanon 58 York County Day  48 @ Crest Tourny

C Weiser 66 vs Warwick 60 @ Warwick Tourn.
Spot 56. Lanc. Cath. 58 @ Warwick Tourn.

CD 40 Etown 64 @ Etown tourn.
McDevitt W 75 W. York 46 @ Etown tourn.

AC Doubleheader- featuring AC
AC 76 Lancaster Christian 48 @ AC Noon
AC 47  Halifax  54 @ AC 6 pm

Dallastown 64 TWP 59  single game


Mark 22 photos: Warwick/Hempfield Dec 22

Check out Mark Palczewski’s photos at

Hempfield/ Warwick Gallery


Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.


Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

Dec 18-23 Scores/Schedule

Fri  Dec 22

Sec 1
TWP 77 @ Crest  71
McCaskey 70 CV  71
 Hempfield 38  Warwick 36
Penn Manor  31 Lebanon 44

Section 2
Solanco 35 Etown 61
LS 69 Spot 45

Section 3
Columbia 51 Lanc. Cath.. 68
N. Leb 83  PV 46

Non League
Lebanion Cath. 77  High Point 16
Palmyra 31 Cocalico 41


Wed Dec 20

Sec 1
Lebanon 51 Warwick 58
TWP 36  Hempfield 67
Crest 73  CV  39
Penn Manor 52 McCaskey 77

 Section 2
Ephrata 41 Cocalico 53
Donegal 68 Spot 63
Solanco 26 LS 58
Etown 57  M Central  59

Section 3
Lanc. Cath..  51  AC 43
Columbia 48 N. Leb 56
LMHS  69 PV 26
Leb. Cath. 44 ELCO 86


Mon.  Dec 18

LL Games

Sec 1
Warwick  40 @ Crest 52
CV  41@ TWP 58
Hempfield  54 @ Penn Manor 40
McCaskey 59 @ Lebanon 56

Section 2
Cocalico 48 @ Solanco  41
 M Central   45 @  Donegal 40
LS 39 @ Etown 41
Spot 57 @ Ephrata 47

Section 3
AC  54 @ Columbia 70
ELCO  49 @ LMHS 65
PV 48 @ Lanc. Cath 70
Leb. Cath.36 @  N. Leb.  80